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Yes, my cup DOES overfloweth with…WORK! But I do all this because I’m so heavily invested in my students and how technology can change the landscape of education.I have taught computers kindergarten through sixth grade for the past 6 years.I also develop and facilitate online continuing professional education courses for my local intermediate unit.I have been an adjunct professor for Keystone College where I taught educational technology courses.I became interested in the Discovery Educator Network after attending my first PETE&C six years ago. I have been a member ever since. Recently I became a member of the Pennsylvania DEN Leadership Council where I sit on the Blog and Social Media committee.Finally, I enjoy coaching basketball to girls as young as 3rd grade and as old as 12th. Currently I coach a high school AAU team in the spring and summer.
I REALIZED SOMETHING ABOUT DANIELSON..IT IS ALL ABOUT PLAYING TO THE STRENGTHS OF OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR INDIVIDUALITY. I HAD THAT “A-HA” MOMENT WHEN I MADE THE CONNECTION THAT THIS COULD APPLY TO THE TEACHERS BEING EVALUATED WITHIN THE DANIELSON FRAMEWORK AS WELL. EACH TEACHER HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DISPLAY DISTINGUISHED CHARACTERISTICS IN VARIOUS WAYS SO….I GOT THINKING ABOUT MY OWN STRENGTHS AND HOW I COULD USE THEM TO REACH THAT COVETTED STATUS!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?><poll url="http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/2pu4lK1xHXFAMy5"> <!-- This snippet was inserted via the PollEv Presenter app --> <!-- The presence of this snippet is used to indicate that a poll will be shown during the slideshow --> <!-- TIP: You can draw a solid, filled rectangle on your slide and the PollEv Presenter will automatically display your poll in that area. --> <!-- The PollEv Presenter app must also be running and logged in for this to work. --> <!-- To remove this, simply delete it from the notes yourself or use the PollEv Presenter to remove it for you. --> <title>I am being evaluated with some form of the Danielson model this year.</title></poll>
SHOW THE BINDER WITH OVER 100+ PAGES TO SIFT THROUGH. MY HEAD WAS SPINNING AND LEFT ME WITH NOTHING BUT QUESTIONS. HOW CAN I MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DISTINGUISHED STATUS? HOW CAN I CONDENSE ALL THIS INFORMATION? HOW CAN I SHOW EVIDENCE OF MY POSITIVE TEACHING TO MY ADMINISTRATOR? THESE THREE DOCUMENTS BEGAN TO TAKE SHAPE AT THAT MOMENT….
<Click on link>Create lesson plans, Add standards, Add Assessments, Add Resources, Upload Documents, View Public Calendar (parent communication), administrators can also use this as a means of evaluating teachers
PollEverywhere can be used to do student survey or used as formative assessments throughout your lesson. As you could see from my example the results are instantaneous.Survey Monkey is another great online survey tool. Can also be used for assessing students.Google Forms has multiple uses as we will discuss. In this example <click on link> I used a Google Form to do a student survey about what technology they used when not in school.
This is a great website to bookmark for help in writing student objectives. It breaks down each of the six levels and what questions you should be asking at each level. It also gives you a list of verbs to use within your objectives for each.Dragon Dictation is a way to differentiate for your students who struggle with writing. This is a speech to text tool that is also available on mobile devices.Read the Words is another differentiation tool that allows students to load text and have the program read it back to them. You can copy and paste text on the fly and have the avatar read in the window OR you can upload a document, web URL etc and the program creates an audio file for you.
All links can be found on the tech tools snapshot worksheetTPT: great site for resources created by teachers FOR teachersedHelper: generate worksheets for use in classroomGooruLearning: Web resources and course work designed by teachers to be used in classroom or supplementalShmoop: study tools, tutorials, resources, and test prep! Sections for students and teachersWolfram Alpha: handy tool on computer OR mobile device that can be used as a teacher or student information resourceMassive Open Online Courses: known as MOOCs are a great way for teachers to learn content, discuss topics, and network with other teachers in their own discipline or across disciplines.Twitter: Instant connections to other educatorsLinkedIn: social network that allows you communicate your professional identityeSchool News & the journal both deal with technology in education. Education Week deals with various education issuesFeedly: news aggregator that compiles info from many sites. This took the place of Google Reader for me when it shut down.Skype <click on link>: you can use Skype in your classroom to bring in guest speakers and experts in the field. This particular example deals with river geography.
OnCourse, as you saw before, allows you to create templates and add various lesson components. Our district utilizes a standard template developed by our administration based on what they wanted to observe in the lessons.Padlet: was formerly known as WallWisher. It allows your students to give you feedback on topics or project ideas.
VAL is something I have developed for use in my computer lab and I will demonstrate her shortly.Mentimeter: this site is similar to PollEverywhere. There are free and paid versions of this.MMS Gradebook: this is our student management system which contains an online gradebook as well as student and parent accessRubistar: Rubric generator. Can make one from scratch or browse the many rubrics teachers have already created. You can use the rubric “as is” or modify it to meet your needs. Students can also contribute to creating or modifying these rubrics.TitanPad: Great replacement for Google Docs that allows students to contribute ideas for project assessments etc.
There isn’t much that technology can do to help with the physical layout of your room, but it can help you organize how you layout the room or how you offer materials to your students to keep the room decluttered.
QR Codes are a great way to engage students. They have a multitude of uses. You can use them to communicate your classroom rules and procedures. This way parents and other visitors can access your information as well.QRCode Monkey is a code generator that allows you to place images in the center of the code. This could be helpful if you have multiple codes around your room.QR Code Generator is an extension you can load into your Google Chrome browser.Qrafter is a QR code reader app.LanSchool allows me to monitor and control all the computers in my lab at the same time. I can lock out the internet or place a reminder message on their screens if I want them to complete a certain task.Edmodo allows for instant messaging so the teacher can send private messages to a student who needs a reminder on appropriate behavior etc.
Allow students to connect with you outside of school. Are you a real person? What are your interests? What do you do when you aren’t teaching?Is this wise???? What are your thoughts on this?Our PSEA rep told us in a meeting once not to hug our students because it was an accident waiting to happen. Sorry but when a student hugs me I hug back…extra tight to let them know I care!
ClassDojo: allows you to monitor and record student behavior and accomplishments REAL TIME! Can send reports and give students feedback on their performance.VAL: A tool that runs in the background while I’m teaching. It includes things such as Objectives, wait time, audio and visual prompts for transitions, and reminders for asking those higher order thinking skills. This is set to run based on time so I don’t need to manage this at all during class! Did you ever wish you could clone yourself in your classroom? VAL is my teaching assistant.Here is an example…..
Dropbox will allow you to access your content from any device in case something does wrong with the tech in your room.Socrative is a good student response system that will allow you to do formative assessment to determine what concepts need to be retaughtAudioBoo can replace written assignments for students who need alternative solutions.Animoto allows students to demonstrate mastery by creating short videos. Voki allows students to create avatars of themselves for their online identity. This can also be used to introduce lesson topics or give directions.
GoSoapBox is another tool to receive student responses to formative assessments questions etc.You can then use the data from this formative assessment to determine your project groups for the best success.Virtual Field Trips are a great way to engage students in the learning. There are three examples of locations you can get access to virtual field trips for a variety of subjects and content.
Use sites like Slideshare to share rubrics in advance with your students. You can also post other assignments and tasks on the site for the students to access from home.TagMyDoc is another great tool that allows you to share documents online and then create QR codes to share as I did at the beginning of the presentation.Use your online gradebook or your lesson planner to record observations and feedback on the lesson.Students utilize Google Forms on a website to assess themselves and reflect on their learning for the day. I will demonstrate this in a little while.
You can help students understand their learning objectives by posting them online in advance of the lesson.Students who understand the lesson can act as peer tutors to others. Edmodo has a chat tool built right in that will allow students to ask questions, ask for help, or offer assistance to others.Celly is a tool that allows students to collaborate with each other through a discussion forum. It also has a notification system built in which allows teachers to send reminders to students and parents. This is done through texting although the teacher does not have access to student or parent cell phone numbers.YouTube can be used to hook the students and show them real examples of lesson concepts.
Backchanneling is a wonderful tool to get students engaged and discussing with each other. Students enter an online “meeting room” or discussion forum where the teacher is present and moderates the discussion. Students can ask and answer questions of each other while the teacher guides the discussion.Today’s Meet, Backchannel Chat, and Chatzy are three examples that are used frequently in school settings.VoiceThread is another web-based tool that allows students to respond to a prompt. The teacher can upload an image or a document and ask students to respond through auditory feedback or written response.
Reflection should be unbiased and have examples. Blogging and creating an online portfolio allows you to do this.Creating new strategies from these reflections can be recorded in a spreadsheet or online scrapbook, portfolio etc.
Teachers have a variety of resources available for record keeping. You should check with your school as to what is provided within the student management system/gradebook.My students do their own attendance in my room. They utilize the website which you will see in a few minutes to check themselves in at the beginning of class. They are also responsible for checking out students who are absent for the day.
Live Office Hours fosters a students first mentality because it allows students to contact you at home with questions or issues.Being an advisor or a moderator allows you to speak to the needs and issues of the student body.Donors Choose is a wonderful website where teachers can go to find donations for things their school needs to help their students.
Scoop.It allows you to gather interesting concepts, sites, reading material and then add your own thoughts to it before publishing it to your network.Instagram is a great way to share what’s happening in your classroom. You can also take a picture of a student’s project, attach the rubric via TagMyDoc and ask other educators to assess the work.SpeakPipe allows you to get feedback from those visiting your site or from the material posted on your site.Discovery Educator Network allows you to connect with peers, take part in webinars, download lessons, and other resources for your classroom.
Invite parents to skype into the classroom to observe or be a guest teacher.Create an area on your website specifically for parents.Show parents how to monitor their child’s grades through the online gradebookAsk them to take over the video blog for the day and show students what a day in their life looks like.Smore is a wonderful tool that allows teachers to post flyers and announcements online rather than printing out endless papers to go home.VolunteerSpot can be used to have parents sign up for class parties, field trip chaperones, and any other activities happening at your school!
Diigo is a social bookmarking tool that allows you to catalog, annotate, and take screenshots of your material. The Diigo for Education group is marvelous!Symbaloo is another way to organize and share your bookmarks with others. This is unique because it does it visually with tiles and icons. You can also make your symbaloo your homepage in your internet browser.
Did you ever have one of those moments where your mind is screaming NNNNOOOOOOOO just as your body is doing just the opposite? I had a moment much like the scenario Mr. Honeycutt described with locking your keys in your car during his keynote on Monday. This moment happened just a couple of weeks ago when I was updated information on my website. I was putting quite a few tutorials up and adding a few new blog posts when I realized I hadn’t backed up the site in a while. I decided to do a backup and in the blink of an eye I deleted my entire site….yup, the entire site was nothing but an empty shell! I began frantically reloading what I could. As far as my blog page I unfortunately have to start from scratch. If you decide to visit my site I promise there WILL be blog entries there just as soon as I return to school!
Keep a spreadsheet
or online scrapbook
of new teaching
Check in procedures
Live Office Hours
Student Govt Advisor
Moderate Student Issues Blog
COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS
Skype into classroom
Parents’ Corner on
“A Day in the Life of
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parents contribute to